Topic: The expert MS patient: Moving along the illness trajectory

Location: Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico "C Besta" via Celoria 11, 20133 Milan - Italy



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (ongoing projects)

11:00 – 11:30 Welcome, outline of the meeting, and of the day C Heesen, A Solari

11:30 – 12:00 ManTra - a resource to help patients manage the SPMS transition AM Giovannetti

12:00 – 12:30 Patient information booklets on immunotherapy – German wide project A Rahn

12:30 – 13:00 Engaging MS patients and carers in guideline production A Giordano

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 UMIMS: The German project on MRI I Shiffmann

14:30 – 15:00 The Italian IN-DEEP project on MRI C Colombo

15:00 – 15:30 The ‘Ready for MS’ project AM Giovannetti

15:30 – 16:15 General discussion and wrap-up of the day C Heesen, A Solari

16:30 – 17:30 Closed section (SIG members only) C Heesen, A Solari

19:30 Dinner at “ I Valtellina”, via Taverna 34


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (projects not yet financed and new proposals)

09:00 – 09:15 Outline of the day C Heesen, A Solari

09.15 – 09:45 weMoMS: update & planning C Heesen, A Giordano

09:45 – 10:45 2018-2020 Financing opportunities: an overview C Finocchiaro

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 13:00 Presentation* of 4 projects/proposals (20’ each, plus 10’ discussion)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Feedback from the Grant Office C Finocchiaro

15:00 – 15:30 Meeting wrap-up, farewell C Heesen, A Solari


  • Anna Barabasch Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg - DE
  • Marta Bassi Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan - IT
  • Cinzia Colombo IRCCS Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan - IT
  • Marie D’hooghe Nationaal Multiple Sclerose Centrum, Melsbroekbe - BE
  • Sara Elgott MedDay pharmaceuticals, Maidenhead - UK
  • Monica Falautano Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Università Vita-Salute, Milan - IT
  • Graziella Filippini Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Carla Finocchiaro Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Andrea Giordano Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Ambra M Giovannetti Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Marco Heerings National MS Foundation of the Netherlands, Rotterdam - NL
  • Christoph Heesen Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg - DE
  • Katia Mattarozzi Scuola di Medicina e Chirurgia Universita' di Bologna, Bologna – IT
  • Paola Mosconi IRCCS Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan – IT
  • Richard Nicholas Imperial College, London - UK
  • Jana Pöttgen University Medical Center, Hamburg - DE
  • Rui Quintas Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Alberto Raggi Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Anne Rahn Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg - DE
  • Insa Schiffmann Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg - DE
  • Alessandra Solari Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan - IT
  • Valentina Torri Clerici Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “C. Besta”, Milan – IT
  • David Wilkie Imperial College, London - UK

       * Those interested in presenting their projects should send a one-page summary of the project to alessandra.solari@istituto-besta.it  by September 30th, 2017.

"Technology- supported assessment and rehabilitation in persons with multiple sclerosis"


Start date: 17th Nov. 2017
End date: 18th Nov. 2017
Welcome drink: 16th Nov. 2017

For RIMS members: free registration, free ‘welcome drink’ on Thursday, free 1 night hotel (friday-Saturday), free lunch Friday-Saturday, and co-funded conference dinner on Friday.
For non-RIMS members: 100,00€ for registration, and personal coverage of other costs.

You can find more information, a flyer and an abstract form in our "Conference" section of the website or click HERE to go directly to the info page. You can also download the flyer and abstract form (.docx or .pdf) below.

Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)

RIMS has established a number of Special Interest Groups (SIG).
Do you have a special interest in one of the following topics?

  • Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality
  • Communication and Swallowing
  • Mobility
  • Occupation
  • Patient Autonomy
  • Psychology and Neuropsychology

Have a look at our website for more information how to join one of our SIG’s.

Upcoming SIG’s

  • SIG’s will meet at the RIMS Annual Conference in Barcelona on Thursday 4 May 2017
  • The SIG Mobility in-between meeting is scheduled on 17-18 November 2017 in Overpelt (Belgium)

Change in SIG Leadership

The new chair of the SIG on Communication and Swallowing is Leonie Ruhaak from the Netherlands.
Lots of success, Leonie!

photo of exutive board and SIG leadership members
On the picture: Members of the Executive Board and SIG Leadership.

Upcoming deadline for Early Bird registration fee!

RIMS is delighted to invite you for its 22nd Annual Conference in Barcelona.

The conference takes place May 4-6, 2017, and will be organised in partnership with the MS Centre of Catalonia (Cemcat).

Early Bird deadline = 17 February 2017 (RIMS members have an extra discount).

Do not miss the opportunity and register online now!

RIMS annual conference 2017 in Barcelona

These fellows will be refunded up to € 1000 each to visit other MS Centres!

Yonca Zenginler (Biruni University, İstanbul, Turkey) goes to the Centre Neurologique et de Réadaptation Fonctionnelle Fraiture in Belgium.

Mieke Sevenants (National MS Center Melsbroek, Belgium) goes to the Rehabilitation Centre Valens in Switzerland.

Congratulations and good luck to the both of you!

The fellowship is available to young European professionals, in order to facilitate their training in rehabilitation related to Multiple Sclerosis among RIMS member centres. The goal of the programme is to promote the multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation in MS and to encourage the exchange of information and professional growth for those working in the field of MS.

The next application deadline for the fellowship exchange programme is 31 May 2017, 23:59.

Please contact secretariat@eurims.org with your application or when you have any questions regarding the fellowship programme.